American Tragedy: 40 Million Dead
Today, I doubt the flags are at half-mast. Today, the media will have little to say about those who lost their lives. Today, I doubt any schools were dismissed to honor the great loss of American life. Today, as far as most Americans are concerned, is Tuesday: nothing more, nothing less. However, to more than forty million people, today means much more than that.
Today marks the fortieth anniversary of the most tragic day in America’s history. The worst act of violence committed against our nation took place on January 22, 1973. It was known to some as Roe v. Wade, but was completely unknown to the forty million that it would affect.
I’ll never forget the day when Desiree and I found out we were expecting a baby. In a single moment, I felt excitement, joy, anticipation, and fear. We had no idea what to expect, we just felt honored that God has chosen to bless our home with a child. Not once during the next few months did we consider ourselves to be expecting a decision, or a choice—but a baby!
My son, Ethan, is three and a half months old today. After having him around for only a couple of months, I can’t remember what life was like without him. As we were pondering the egregious decision of our supreme court before we were even born, Desiree showed me a sonogram picture of Ethan at thirteen weeks. She asked, “Jason, how could anyone not consider this to be a baby?” There’s no logical answer to her question.
Today, I feel several emotions concerning the tragic anniversary of that horrific decision:
1. I Feel Heartache
At an astounding rate of more than 2,700 abortions per day, my heart hurts for the morality of our nation’s leadership. It may be justified, by some, to call it “a choice.” However, God was not nearly as politically correct. He said, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” (Genesis 9:6)
2. I Feel Helpless
If it is our nation’s desire to protect and serve the American people, then who is looking out for the unborn children? Whose job is it to protect them? In what sinful indiscretion did they participate to order their loss of life? I fear for the future of our nation; for a holy and righteous God is obligated to judge America for these gross sins the past forty years.
3. I Feel Hopeful
As Paul wrote to Titus, he said, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13) There is no doubt the return of Christ is imminent and I am anticipating that day! As for our nation, we desperately need revival; we desperately need prayer. Ultimately, we are in desperate need of God.